Namibia and the Festive Season !

Visitors Flocking to the Coast – Swakopmund (Image by Erongo Newspaper)

The festive season in Namibia, which usually starts from late November to early January, is a time of joy, celebration, and cultural significance. While traditions and customs may vary among the diverse ethnic groups in the country, there are some common events and activities that contribute to the festive atmosphere.

  1. Family and Friends Gatherings: Like in many cultures, the festive season in Namibia is a time for families to come together. Many people take time off work to spend quality time with their loved ones.
  2. Christmas: Namibia has a diverse religious landscape, with Christianity being a predominant faith. Christmas is widely celebrated, and churches play a central role in the festivities. Religious services, carol singing, and nativity plays are common during this time.
  3. Culinary Traditions: Food plays a significant role in Namibian festive celebrations. Families often prepare special meals and traditional dishes, and it’s a time for sharing delicious food with loved ones. Barbecues, often referred to as braais, are popular. These are done either at home or at popular sites such as Dune 7 or “Vamboe” beach which are situated at the coast.
  4. Travel and Tourism: The festive season is a peak time for travel and tourism in Namibia. Many locals take advantage of the holiday break to explore the country’s natural wonders, visit family in different regions, or enjoy a vacation. The most common holiday destinations are Swakopmund and Etosha National Park. Many young people also go to their respective villages to celebrate Christmas with extended loved ones.

Namibia can also be considered a holiday destination for international tourists. With places to visit such as game parks and coastal views and adventures. Tourism is one of the country’s major contributions to its GDP. In 2019, tourism contributed about 14.8% to Namibia’s GDP, according to data from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Overall, the holiday season in Namibia is one filled with community, joy and celebration.

From myself, Naango, I wish you happy holidays and a joyous season!

Naango Kainge


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